McClay 'dancing on head of a pin' video

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Disease clips ewe pregnancies

Newborn lambs in a paddock near Palmerston North.

Fewer lambs might be born as a result of facial eczema takes its toll on on ewes.

Hundreds of bee hives stolen

The thieves probably knew what they were doing when they stole 200 colonies of bees in the last fortnight

Beehive owners stung by theft of one million bees in Northland, with a warning such thefts are on the up.

Shanghai Maling deal laid out

Shareholders will get the chance to vote for a second time on the Shanghai Maling agreement.

Silver Fern Farms have warned shareholders of the consequences of a vote against its Shanghai Maling agreement.

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opinion

Scallop closure essential

A temporary closure of the Southern Scallop Fishery area (SCA7) in the Marlborough Sounds is the best way to ensure the ...

COLUMN: The closure of the Marlborough Sounds scallop fishery is the only option, writes Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

Fairy dust dries up on farms

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Pondering the ramifications of Brexit

Ollie and Angus, mates for life

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Pondering the ramifications of Brexit

Lyn Webster says although the world is crying out for protein, no-one seems to want to pay for it.

Globalisation is the process by which businesses develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.

Kiwi woman helping orphaned elephants video

A Lower Hutt Rotarian is travelling to Borneo to see if a trial of New Zealand cows' milk agrees with orphaned elephants.

A new season's heifer calf feeding.

Dairy farmers ready for calving

Calving is about to descend on dairy farmers to make their schedules even busier.

advice

Know your beekepers

Bees can fly several kilometres to feed, but there is a limit to how many hives an area can sustain.

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

What's China got against NZ? gallery video

Is China really angry enough at New Zealand to throttle our dairy, wool and fruit exports? Here are the facts.

Dairy farmers are advised to make a business plan before they get caught up with calving.

Make a business plan ahead of busy spring period

The term "planning" has been a major point of discussion at a number of farm discussion groups we have attended in the past few weeks.

aquaculture

'Camilla' birthday gives seafood hope video

Cawthron scientist Kevin Heasman with scampi being raised under infrared light at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park.

Cawthron Institute scientists have raised the world's first New Zealand scampi in captivity.

Sucking up the seabed

Removing contaminated sediment through a vacuum could help salmon farms meet management guidelines.

Waikawa Bay Dive Centre owner Stuart Scaife says the scallop season closure will impact his Picton business.

Scallop downturn expected

Dive centre owner says he relies on a good summer diving season to survive the winter months.

beef

Disease clips ewe pregnancies

Newborn lambs in a paddock near Palmerston North.

Fewer lambs might be born as a result of facial eczema takes its toll on on ewes.

Indonesia beef access confidence

Meat processing company Alliance Group is upbeat after trade trip to Indonesia.

A new season's heifer calf feeding.

Dairy farmers ready for calving

Calving is about to descend on dairy farmers to make their schedules even busier.

Sheep

Pregnant ewes despite dry times

Maiden hogget pregnancy rates are up in Marlborough

4 min ago  Drought-hit Marlborough farmers record the best pregnancy rates for their ewe flocks in 20 years.

Alliance lamb packs for China

Red meat processor and exporter Alliance Group is sending market-ready retail packs to China.

A Welsh woman plans on staying in Southland after Invercargill's world shearing and woolhandling championships.

Welsh champ settles in Southland

New Welsh woolhandling champion Robyn Charlton is heading to Southland.

cropping

Roxburgh grower places third

Roxburgh fruit grower Jack Gilchrist competes in a pruning activity in the Central Otago Young Fruit Grower competition.

A Central Otago orchardist has been awarded third place at a national young grower competition.

Spring merits of sub clover

Sub clover provides good feed in spring for a South Otago farming couple.

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust chairman, Alistair Abbott, of  Eltham.

Sowing the seed for 2017 Taranaki Ballance awards

Organisers of a prestigious Taranaki farm environment contest say prospective entrants have nothing to lose.

agribusiness

Rabobank looks to expand

New Rabobank CEO Daryl Johnson.

The world's leading agribusiness bank, Rabobank, has a new CEO.

PM's dept warned of Chinese threats video

It was told about the reprisals over China's steel stoush, but didn't tell him.

Sam Welch (left) and wife, Emily, are not happy about the un-reliable landline and cellphone coverage in rural Waikato.

Injured shearer's telco dilemma

As his hand dripped with blood, Sam Welch knew he was in trouble. But he couldn't call 111.

Discovery

Tech from the farmer's view

DairyNZ scientist Callum Eastwood worked at a youth hostel in the Canadian Rockies during his OE.

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who believes technology has an important role but will never replace a good farmer.

Always up for a challenge

Scientist goes from textile chemist to entomologist to public health researcher, and is now researching special milks.

Cather Simpson: Associate professor of physics and chemical sciences, University of Auckland, and director of the Photon ...

Goosebumps at Photon Factory

Knowledge of the composition of milk offers opportunities for farmers to improve productivity.

rural women

Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Know your beekepers

Although manuka honey has brought many benefits to Taranaki, its rapid growth has caused the odd hiccup too.

Lyn Webster says although the world is crying out for protein, no-one seems to want to pay for it.

Pondering the ramifications of Brexit

Globalisation is the process by which businesses develop international influence or start operating on an international scale.

Video

Baby book comes out on top

Two Christchurch mums fended off 150 contenders to win the first Dragons' Den-style competition held by Ballantynes.

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